Friday, July 29, 2016

Mid-Summer Festival in Old Lyme-Saturday-July 30th

I hope you can make it!! For those of you living in traveling distance, take exit 70 off of I-95 in CT. Go to historic Lyme Street in Old Lyme. There's lots of events happening in several places here. I'll be outdoors under the BIG tent at Lyme Academy College of Fine Art with the other alums with many of my recent paintings; florals, landscapes, small, medium and LARGE.  

And, if you haven't seen my solo show "Touching Water" at the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, now is a great time to visit! The weather is supposed to be fabulous, so come on out!  

For the full schedule of events, go to:
Please do come by and say "Hi"! I look forward to meeting you! 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Nature Sketchbook Journaling class -CT Audubon Society

 Join me this Saturday, July 23rd
9:00am 'til noon
at the CT Audubon Society
Grassland Bird Conservation Center
218 Day Road
Pomfret, CT
Nature Sketchbook Journaling! 
Cost - $5 CAS members, $10 non-members

This is my "give back to community" class, all proceeds go to the CT Audubon Society right there in Pomfret, CT.  It looks like it may be a 'hot one' outside on Saturday. No worries, if it does indeed turn out to be a scorcher, we'll stay inside in the BIG room (in the air-conditioning) and I'll show you how to make a gridded page of "found objects in nature".   
You'll spend time sketching and painting from nature/objects from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor.  Learn new skills or develop ones you already have. I'll show you how to simplify what you see and teach basic drawing and quick intuitive watercolor techniques.  Enhance your creativity, observe nature, record the day and enjoy the meditative qualities of sketching! 

Materials you'll need to bring:
-pencil, eraser
-permanent, waterproof, black drawing pen (Faber-Castell PITT artist pens, or Pigma Micron pens are good brands) Sharpies tend to bleed through most papers
-watercolors (a travel size or kid's set)
-watercolor brush (you'll want to start with at least 1, choose anything between a size 6 to 10)
-watercolor sketchbook/journal (regular will buckle, make sure it says "watercolor or multi-media" on the label)
-water bottle
-small plastic container for rinsing
-camp chair or stool to sit on outside (if we end up outside!)
-sunscreen, bugspray, a hat with a brim/visor

 The center is in a beautiful, rural part of CT, with inspiring views. Even if we work inside (if it turns out to be hot and muggy), our room has a big spread of windows on 2 sides- great light and views. 

***You may want to bring some 'found objects' of your own, flower heads, seed pods, pine cones, abandoned bird nests, interesting twigs, shells, feathers, leaf stems. There's lots of fun ways to design a page with these little treasures of nature!

Hope to see you on Saturday!!


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Monday, July 11, 2016

Touching Water exhibit - opening

I'm so happy to announce  the opening of 
"Touching Water"
at the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme, CT 
this Friday, July 15th from 5-7pm
(click image below to enlarge)

 I've spent a good portion of the last year working on these.  My friend Judy Benson (journalist for The Day - our local newspaper) has collaborated with me on yet another series - this time, moving up the coast from Barn Island to the Connecticut latest favorite paintings!  Seventeen new ones from various spots on the river, along with a few from Barn Island that I wanted to share again.  

I've also got several of my sketchbooks in the exhibit as well (though those are not for sale, only the oil paintings are). I'll be talking about some of my techniques during the "Gallery Talk" at 5:30 that evening! 

Looking forward to seeing you there! 

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